Mission, Vision and Values
Our laboratory was established on July 30, 2010, with the original name of Multimedia Computing Laboratory (MCLab), in the Research Center for Information Technology Innovation (CITI), Academia Sinica. On August 1, 2018, it was relocated to National Chiao Tung University (NCTU) and renamed to the Artificial Intelligence and Multimedia Laboratory (AIMMLab). From February 1, 2023, it was joined to the Communications and Multimedia Laboratory (CMLab) of National Taiwan University (NTU) as the sixth Artificial Intelligence and Multimedia (AIMM) Research Group.
The focus of our research is on artificial intelligence (AI) and multimedia, closely integrated with computer vision, machine learning, and human-computer interaction. The basic objective of AI is the capability of computers to perform tasks commonly associated with intelligent beings. As humans, vision is central to the way we learn about the world, and it follows that one ultimate pursuit of building an intelligent AI machine is to enable it with powerful visual intelligence. To date, visual data (in particular, images, photos, videos, and other visual social media) have been increasingly becoming the biggest big data. The big visual data are not just big in volume, but also impose fundamental technical challenges as visual content is noisy, unsegmented, high entropy and multidimensional. Through tackling the technical challenges, enabling visual AI is the general goal of our research, i.e., we aim at investigating intelligent algorithms to enable efficient and robust predictive analytics on big visual data. More specifically, our main research activities are centered on developing novel machine learning approaches (e.g., deep learning) to perform important visual perception tasks (e.g., typical topics include object recognition, scene understanding, and human action analysis), while attaching importance to social, public, and industrial value.